Craig Allen is Canberra’s ABC weekend newsreader and a member of the reporting team.
Craig began his journalistic career in 1992 and has had stints reporting for the Stateline/7.30 ACT, the 7.30 Report, news reading and guest presenting on ABC 666. During his reporting career in Canberra, Craig has covered the 1997 Thredbo landslide disaster, the Canberra Hospital implosion and nine ACT Budgets.
Craig’s scariest reporting moment was on January 17, 2003, as he sat in a helicopter above wild bushfires in Namadgi National Park being buffeted by gale-force winds, smoke and embers. A day later as the bushfires roared into his own suburb, Craig sat at the news desk anchoring ABC Canberra’s first ever weekend news bulletin. He has read the weekend news ever since.
Craig spoke to the Canberra Times about his experience with anxiety and panic attacks in May 2017, telling how he has battled anxiety for over two decades but has only recently sought help from his GP.
‘Allen says he has enormous admiration for then ACT Health Minister Simon Corbell who in 2004 spoke openly about his battle with depression at a time when mental illness was still heavy with stigma.
He wants to be part of the public conversation; to “normalise” mental health conditions.
“One thing I have learnt is that anxiety and stress-related issues are so prevalent,” he said.
“When I started opening up about it, I was amazed by how many people said, ‘It’s funny you mention that because I’ve had an experience…’ So many people. And yet it’s not something we talk about openly.” ’
Read the full Canberra Times article here.
In his downtime, Craig enjoys time away with his young family – particularly road trips in his vintage VW campervan. He loves bushwalking and exploring the hills of Namadgi National Park but his all-time favourite trekking destination is Nepal. Craig also grows Australian native orchids and loves communing with the fishes, snorkelling on the NSW south coast and the Great Barrier Reef.
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